Chicken jalfrezi is one of the easiest curries to make.
I included a similar chicken jalfrezi curry recipe to this in my first cookbook The Curry Guy. This one is only slightly different and just as good.
Chicken jalfrezi curry is the most popular curry in the UK Indian restaurants. That’s right, it’s not chicken tikka masala like many people think.
The latter may be less spicy and a favourite amongst children. It may also be seen very often in those ready made meal boxes you see at the supermarket. But when it comes to eating out, chicken jalfrezi curry wins hands down.
The stats on my site demonstrate this too. This jalfrezi recipe is always in my top five most viewed recipes. If you want to make a British Indian restaurant curry and you’re not sure which one to start with. This jalfrezi curry could be it.
This is not a traditional jalfrezi recipe like you might find in the cookbooks from the British Raj. This is what you would find in most good curry houses. In fact, it’s better and much less fatty than most of the jalfrezis I’ve tried at restaurants.
As with all of my curry house style recipes, you will need to make a batch of curry sauce and pre-cook your chicken. Once this is done, you can cook this jalfrezi curry in minutes.
I have written a large and small version of my curry sauce recipe which will need to me made before cooking this recipe. The large version is made just like they do in the best curry houses. Make a large batch for best results. It keeps in the fridge for three days and freezes well. The small batch version works well too though it’s not as authentic.
I pre-cook chicken in two different ways. Most restaurants use this method to prepare their chicken for this curry. It is slowly stewed in spices. The cooking juices can be used to add additional flavour to your curry. You could also add tandoori style chicken tikka to this recipe if you’d like to create tandoori Chicken Jalfrezi.
If you would like to read a little bit about the history of the jalfrezi, please read my earlier post here.
Here are more curry house curry favourites you might like to try!
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